You may be one of many Texas residents who have been closely following news updates regarding a recent Amtrak tragedy that occurred in another state. Whether you work on one of the nation's railway systems or simply enjoy traveling by train, the recent collision has likely upped your concerns regarding railroad safety. Sadly, two workers' lives were lost in the early February crash and at least 100 passengers had to go to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Traveling by train can be less expensive, albeit somewhat slower, than air travel. If you are the type of person who enjoys pastoral views and scenic country sides, you may be more likely to purchase train tickets than plane tickets. However, it appears rail systems like Amtrak have been having a lot of problems lately, several of which have led to collisions that resulted in deaths or serious injuries. If you are a paying passenger on a train that wrecks, you have a right to seek recovery for your losses.
Mother of engineer says son had sought counseling before crash
When you are a passenger, you are at the mercy of the engineer, conductor and other railroad workers whose responsibilities and duties are to help you arrive safely to your destination. The following information has surfaced following the recent Amtrak crash, leading many to believe the railroad was negligent:
- The grieving mother of an engineer who was killed in the train wreck said her said had been greatly worried following a separate collision in which he had already been involved on an another locomotive. She said she was not sure of the details but knew her son had sought counseling because he felt overwhelmed that other people's lives and safety depended on him.
- The recent collision occurred because a main track switch was left in a locked position, causing the massive Amtrak train to suddenly veer onto a sidetrack, where it crashed head-on into a parked locomotive.
- An automated system usually runs the flip switches, but that system was down at the time, necessitating manual function.
- Data shows there were at least four Amtrak train collisions in North Carolina and three in South Carolina during 2017.
Situations like this often produce more questions than answers until investigators have had ample time to conduct extensive research regarding the details of events leading up to and following train collisions. It is likely that many of the 100 passengers who suffered injuries in the wreck will pursue justice through the civil court system to seek compensation for damages.
When traveling by train in Texas, you are undoubtedly aware that this form of travel (as all others) poses a personal injury risk; however, if another party's negligence leads to your injury, you have every right to seek recovery for your losses.